- What else ... wine tasting. Wine-tasting is included as part of each stay. Further wine-tasting courses, tours and cooking classes can be arranged upon request. The vineyard includes the red varieties Kotsifali, Mantilari, Syrah and the white varieties Chardonnay, Malvasia Aromatica and Moschato Spinas, among others. All wine tastings give the opportunity to indulge in the art of wine tasting with experts on hand to guide you through our limited edition wines produced only on the estate. The tasting includes the dry wines Fantaxometocho (white) and Skalani (red) and the sweet wines Moschato Spinas and Iouliatiko. Should guests wish, additional wines from all over Greece can also be included and arranged via guest reception for an additional fee.
- Please note, that the complimentary Tour and the Wine-Tasting in the Winery is an integral part of each stay for Scalani Hills guests, making your experience trully unique!
- Cretan Cuisine Courses Mrs Maria Konstantaki, the estate cook and wife of viticulturist Giannis offers bespoke courses on Cretan cuisine to small groups. Using local ingredients and special recipes, this is a treat for anyone interested in cuisine and gastronomy.
More activities :
- Just a few kilometers away there is the main reason to visit the village of Mirtia or Varvaroi and this is the Nick Kazantzakis Museum a worthwhile visit even if you are not a fan of this well-known writer. One of his novels is "Zorba the Greek" the first and most celebrated novel. The museum contains some of his personal belongings (pipes, glasses, pens, etc.) and a rich collection of his manuscripts and letters, first Greek editions of his books, documents from theatrical productions of his works, copies of TV series and movies based on his novels, portraits of Nikos Kazantzakis, copies of press releases and articles on his life and work.
- In addition, you can visit Knossos Minoan Palace and the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion ( don't miss this one at Arhanes) as they are only a 10-20 minute drive from Scalani Hills.
- Nearby Archanes has won awards - 2nd best-restored village in Europe and 1st in long-term development prospects. Streets have been newly stone-paved, and there are more splendid displays of blooming flowers, fruit trees, and plants in the yards, terraces, and balconies of the houses - a walk around the back streets is a pleasure as a result. Archanes Village offers various agricultural and cultural activities.
- There are four archaeological sites at Archanes- one in the village (a fenced excavation) and three close by, at Anemospilia and Fourni (on the edge of the village - a Minoan graveyard). Vathypetro on the way to Houdetsi is worthwhile not only for the finds but also some of the most magnificent views of Crete which you can see from the site - a unique vantage point. A lot of very significant finds of the Minoan era came from the broader Archanes area.
- In the center of Archanes village, at the point called Tourkogeitonia , excavations revealed a group of buildings, probably a summer palace, which dates back to 1900b.C. Within a close distance from Archanes, in Vathypetro , has also been excavated a Minoan villa that was once used as a handicraft producing oil, wine, and pottery.
- A prehistoric cemetery, which had been used for more than 1000 years, was discovered at northwest of Archanes, on Fourni hill. Its long use allows the recognition of many types of tombs. At Psyli Korfi , the top of the ravine that separates Fourni hill from Mount Giouhtas, lies one of Crete's most important sanctums, which was used for a long period of time as a worship place.
- On the southwestern side of Mount Giouhtas visitors will find two more sights known as "Hosto nero" and "Spilios tou Stravomyti".
- On the northern side of the mountain, at the point called "Anemospilia", were discovered remnants of a Minoan temple, unique for the variety and wealth of its findings.
- The town of Arhanes is located at the foot of Mountain Giouchtas which is considered to be the most important mountain in the area, not only because of its location and its shape that looks like a human head but also because of its archeological and ecological value. Giouchtas is 811m. high and according to mythology was the place where Zeus was burried. Besides, the human shape of the mountain is related to Zeus, too. The ecological park of Mountain Giouchtas consists of the mountain itself and three gorges: the Knossano gorge, the gorge of Kounavoi, and the Astraciano gorge, which is the longest one.
- It is worth visiting the exquisite byzantine churches of the area, the Folklore Museum, the Museum of Cretan History and Tradition, the sculpture workshop, the restored olive oil factory "Helen" and the Church of the Holy Mary of Archanes, where icons and ecclesiastic vessels/ implements of great importance are on display.
- The Church of Archangelou Michael (Bodiless) was built in the 14th century AD and there are frescos dated between 1315 -1316 with the most characteristic picture being that of Christ in Frankish clothing.
- Church of Virgin Mary in Upper Archanes, 14th century, besides being a holy place of worship marked with legends and traditions, it is also an Ecclesiastical and National Museum with icons and ecclesiastical objects of great value.
- Church of Christ on the legend mountain of Youchtas is built with stone and covered by arches and is dated in 1443 AD. There is a solemn celebration on August 6th, the Day of Transfiguration.
- Another important monument is the Morosini aqueduct at the gorge of Agia Eirini. This aqueduct is considered to be a great project of its time. It used to supply the city of Heraklion which suffered from drought with water from the springs of Archanes through a stone-built water pipe that was 15 km long. It was used during the Venetian Period, during the years of the Turkish occupation, and more recently until 1927.
- More uplifting activities in the Heraklion region.
- Check-in: 15.00 pm
- Check out: 11.00 am
- Minimum Stay: 2 nights, depending on the season
- Payment Policy:
Credit card details(Visa or MasterCard) are required to charge the deposit amount in order to confirm the reservation.
No additional charges will be made to the credit card unless cancellation charges have to be applied.
Balance amount is to be paid directly to Scalani Hills at the time of stay. Visa and MasterCard are accepted by Scalani Hills.
- Cancellation Policy:
Up to 39 days before arrival - full refund.
In less than 30 days, the total amount will be charged.
Not arrive at the hotel for your booking 100% of the total amount will be charged (at the hotel's discretion).
Departure before booked departure date: at the hotel's discretion, the full balance may be charged by the hotel.
How To Get There
Scallani Hills Boutari Winery & Residences is located outside the village of Skalani on the way to Mirtia Village. Your charming hostess is looking forward to offering you a warm welcome matching the high quality of the place.
- By Air
From May through mid-October there are direct charter flights to Heraklion Airport (11km) or to Chania Aiport (156km). Tickets can be bought in advance for almost all flights via our partner website.
- By Sea
The journey is the thing". A superb way of enjoying the journey to Crete is to fly to Athens and take the ferry from Piraeus (Pireas) - the port serving Athens. A still-romantic way to travel by the overnight ferry from Piraeus to Heraklion Port (10.5km) or even Chania-Souda Port (140km). Tickets can be bought in advance for all ferries via our partner website.
- By Car
If you want to explore the region while you're here, we recommend that you rent a car, other means of transport are limited and/or infrequent. We suggest our sister website Crete-Car-Rental.com, which offers competitive prices and you can collect your car at either airport.
- By Taxi
Book your taxi transfer online easily and safely from the airport or port to any location via our partner website.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through CreteTravel.com
- Dining: A delicious breakfast, including homemade grape jam, is served on your terrace and is included in the room price. Dinner can also be arranged in the Boutari- Scalarea Estate restaurant with a range of local dishes available (all paired with the estates’ wines, of course).
- Internet Access: Free WiFi throughout
- Swimming Pool: Not available
- Spa Treatments: Not available
- Disabled Access: Not suitable
- Pets: Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges
- Languages Spoken: Greek, English
- Parking: Parking is available on the Estate premises
- Good to Know: Restaurant recommendations & reservations available, Special services for honeymooners & anniversary celebrations